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THE WICHITAN The Student Voice of Midwestern State University Speaking as part of MSUʼs Artist-Lecture Series, Craven took his audience in Akin Auditorium on a journey of his lifeʼs ups and downs. At one point he was in Pensacola, Fla., training to be a naval pilot, when he became paralyzed from the chest down, struck by a disease that was a subfamily of polio. Slowly, he would come out of the paralysis, but he would spend a year recuperating. “It was kind of scary,” he said. “It put things in perspective.” Years later, his life underwent another radical shift when he went from being a university professor to a messenger and New York City cab driver. Eventually, he got his break in film. Growing up, the 67-yearold director said his devout Baptist parents imposed LAUREN MILLER | THE WICHITAN their strict beliefs on his enWriter/director Wes Craven signs a poster of his famous character Freddy Krueger for tertainment. a fan after his speech for the Artist-Lecture Series on Friday. “We were not allowed to watch movies,” he explained. Instead, the young “horrormeister” immersed his mind into the classics of 19th and early 20th century literature. While teaching humanities as a doctoral student at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., Cravenʼs graduate professor complained that he had not pubmade the connection.” lished anything. He told Craven that being CHRISTIAN MCPHATE Since the debut of “The Last House on unpublished was hurting his chances for a STAFF REPORTER the Left” in 1972, Craven has frightened au- Ph.D. “So, I quit!” he said. ritically acclaimed director Wes diences and critics for more than 30 years with “The Hills Have Eyes,” “People Under During his year at the university, he had Craven traveled through the tornado clouds hovering over the Stairs,” the “Nightmare on Elm Street” purchased a 16mm camera and began filmWichita Falls to talk about his series, “The Serpent and the Rainbow,” ing with students. He also helped start a film rise to the top of Hollywoodʼs “Shocker,” “Vampire in Brooklyn” and the club. “Scream” series as well as his run on epiHe found his passion. food chain. “Someone at dinner pointed out that sodes of the television show “The Twilight See Craven page 6 it was Friday the 13th,” he said. “I hadnʼt Zone.” Fear Factor Hollywood heavyweight Wes Craven talks failure, fame and film C Chi Omega cooks up chili fund-raiser JESSICA COODY FOR THE WICHITAN Spring weather, live music, college students and chili: Put it all together and you have the ninth annual Chi Omega Chili Cook-Off. The event, which will be held April 21, has become one of the most popular happenings on campus for both students and members of the community. An average of 1,000 people fill the grassy area between the Wichita Falls Museum of Art at MSU and Sikes Lake every year, all in good fun and for a good cause. Proceeds from the sorority-sponsored event go toward the MakeA-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with terminal illnesses. In the past eight years, Midwestern Stateʼs own Chi Ome- gas have raised close to $60,000, making it one of the most successful Greek fund-raisers on campus. Morgan Kennedy, the alumni co-chair of the event, says that although the Chi Omega chapter at See Chili page 7 Smoking ban could douse campus cigs CARRIE SULLIVAN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF The MSU Student Affairs Committee floated a proposal Tuesday for a campus-wide tobacco ban. Smoking is currently allowed only outdoors and not within 20 feet of campus buildings. If enacted, that would be outlawed. Student Affairs was the first official committee to hear the proposal, which was recommended by an ad hoc committee appointed last fall by President Jesse Rogers to look INSIDE MSU has been successful in recruiting a large number of international students despite the overall decline in numbers of foreign students attending American universities after the terrorist attacks in 2001. MSUʼs population consists of approximately 340 students who represent 46 countries including Japan, India, Canada, Nigeria, Germany, Spain, Austria, Mexico, Holland, Australia, Suriname, Venezuela, France, South Africa and Panama. The majority of the international population comes from the Caribbean. In the fall of 1993, eight Caribbean students from Antigua, Dominica, Grenada and St. Vincent established a recruitment program to help bring other Caribbean students to MSU. Other special outreach programs are located in Japan, the into health. Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Keith Lamb said he wants MSU students to be happy and healthy. Allowing smoking is the antithesis of what that healthy goal is about, he maintained. “I think (banning tobacco) is the right thing to do,” he said. “Iʼm all for it.” Students have described walking through clouds of smoke as they enter or leave campus buildings, according to Howard Farrell, vice See Tobacco page 6 Student allocations carves out $100,000 HEATHER KUMOR FOR THE WICHITAN The Students Allocations Committee sliced more than $100,000 from student organization budgets Thursday. This year, the student group had $2.17 million to dole out compared with $2.28 million last year. Dr. Howard M. Farrell, vice president of university advancement and student affairs, explained the school had fewer funds this year because of a decline in enrollment. The money the committee divided up comes from student fees. “Every dollar of students fees goes to the students,” Farrell said. Farrell said the decline in enrollment is due to many factors, including the booming Texas economy, which is pulling students out of school and into the job field. Another factor is it is harder to become a student at MSU due to higher academic standards and a focus on enrolling students who are more likely to succeed as freshmen. See Allocations page 6 In Remembrance The Student Government Association has partnered with MSU to hold a candlelight vigil in dedication to the students, faculty and staff affected by the shooting at Virginia Tech Monday morning. The ceremony will be held at 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the Sunwatcher Plaza. Everyone is encouraged to attend the event. The SGA also welcomes residents of Wichita Falls and surrounding communities. SGA debate presents new candidates Students fly far from home, nest at MSU MELISSA DOS PRAZERES-SILVA FOR THE WICHITAN Wednesday April 18, 2007 ANDREW WEITNER FOR THE WICHITAN former Soviet Union and Mexico. The MSU athletic department recruits many athletes from other countries. Men and womenʼs tennis have the largest numbers of international recruits this year with players from Australia, Holland, Venezuela, Suriname, Canada, South Africa and Mexico. Menʼs soccer has three international athletes from Panama, Holland and Canada. The only international player on the menʼs basketball squad is from Georgia. Myron VonDielingen, assistant director of International Services, believes the interactions between foreign and American students broaden learning experiences for everyone. Exposure to different cultures forces students to adapt to a multi-cultural society. Having international students plays a key role in the well-rounded educational experience schools like MSU provide to students. “From a professorʼs standpoint, Candidates for MSUʼs SGA duked it out Monday, proposing their plans for a better campus at the annual debate. Each candidate holds a similar platform. They want unity and to highlight MSUʼs diversity. They also seek a stronger communication between SGA and the student body, as well as the initiation of a stronger cultural awareness. Junior English major Jason York currently holds the office of vice president and is running for SGA president. He said he anticipates the opportunity to change a common complaint of students: The cafeteria. York is also pushing for longer cafeteria hours that will meet the needs of each student who utilizes the meal plans. He also wants to see more of a reflection of the culture on campus in the cafeteria. See International page 7 SUNKYU YOO-NORRIS | THE WICHITAN ‘Robin Hood’ ‘Disturbia’ Spring Game An old legend gets a new twist. Rising star shows talent in new movie. MSU football’s offensive and defensive lines battle it out. page 4 page 5 page 8 See Debate page 7

April 18, 2007

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